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Grade Level: 5-8
Our Solar System
Genesis (Our Solar System)
Science Education Standards: Earth and Space Science: Understand the Origin and Evolution of the Earth System
Short Description: Students learn that elements are the basic building blocks of all things found on Earth and in space including water, the human body, the Earth, the sun, and the planets. By counting elements extracted from a simulated sample, students explore how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundances of elements from the solar wind. This hands-on experience helps students discover that the elemental abundances from the sun can be used as a baseline to compare with the diverse bodies of our solar system. For the teacher's guide click here.
Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory